Switching from real books to ebooks was surprisingly painless. But the pleasure of reading is too often spoiled by careless presentation.I thought I loved the physical feel of books too much to become enamoured of ebooks. I loved the heft, the smell, the touch of the paper, the firm but yielding resistance of the spine of a new paperback, the perfect cut of the pages that transforms a gathering of sheets — leaves that flutter easily between the fingers — into a near solid block. Comparisons are hard to find because there is nothing quite like a book. The intimacy of the tactile sensations, along with the joy of ideas and entertainment that are to be found between the covers of those that are well written, have combined to make the book an object not just of veneration — how many are scandalised to find second hand tomes annotated with a reader’s scratchings? — but of love.I thought my love of books was too strong but I was mistaken. The conversion to digital formats was as easy as flicking a switch. The changeover hasn’t by any means been wholesale; I still buy and read the printed form but the steady …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books